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I have something against Surfwear.

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Jumente Thu 24-Sep-09 17:14:07

Not the folks who wear it - not in the slightest - but, well, the actual stuff.

If someone can talk me down I will be grateful, but for the life of me I cannot understand why it gives me the heebie jeebies.

Is it the ever-breezy and cheerful blurbs in the Joe Browns catalogue, that upset me so much? Possibly...or the way that said JB catalogue has NEVER FAILED to arrive wherever I live, even after phone calls in multiple to request cessation of this phenomenon...or perhaps the fact that when I rang, the dozey bloke on the other end asked ' you really a Lady?' in oh so perplexed tones, to which I had to reply in a very long winded manner that no, I was not, but considering their drop down contained the options Miss, Mr, Reverend and (I seem to remember) 'Saint' I thought I would go with something tame but still jolly.

He never got what I meant.
I personally think it is the association with Charity muggers, who for some reason strike me as the types to write those little paragraphs under the sick-coloured dress saying how fab it really is and how you can wear it for your 'beach barbie' as well as 'lounging'. And the guys who work in Fat Face being so UNREASONABLY smiley and nice...what do they WANT???

I don't know. I just feel upset, and confused, and need help.

<lights gigantic bonfire of 11 years worth of unwanted Joe Brown catalogues>

Jumente Thu 24-Sep-09 17:16:33

OH AND THE COLOURS shock aaaaaaaaaahhhhhh

It is never just 'normal' is it. It's like the surf version of Per una.

themoon66 Thu 24-Sep-09 17:17:46

Gosh. I've never heard of Joe Brown.

Jumente Thu 24-Sep-09 17:18:37

Can I come and live in your house please? He might leave me alone.

QuintessentialShadow Thu 24-Sep-09 17:20:21

wow. If you were talking about febreeze or bettaware, I would SOOOO get where you are coming from.

But sportswear dudes? Since when do surfers foist themselves on normal peeps?

Blackduck Thu 24-Sep-09 17:21:14

I found it worrying that when I went in fatface the young guy knew even from my badly worded description (grey, skirt) which item I meant and got it out of the stock room.....

Joe Brown - humm - Came in a biker mag dp bought...

Jumente Thu 24-Sep-09 17:21:57

It's not surfers though is it. It's people who make the weirdy clothes.

<sobs> I knew I was a freak. I just don't get it at all, this has been building up for Some Time.

Jumente Thu 24-Sep-09 17:22:48

Blackduck. EXACtly. How are they finding these creepily pleasant and woman friendly - er - dudes?

Blackduck Thu 24-Sep-09 17:23:31

Love the t-shirts in FF too - they are loooooooooooooong which is great....but, yes, staff are worrying cheerful (all out the back sniffing glue?)

TheBalladofGayTony Thu 24-Sep-09 17:24:08

i have never heard of joe brown either.

but agree re. surf wear. cool if you are hanging out catching waves after traveling round se asia buying flimsy chifon crap and you are tanned and younger than 25 otherwise desist

Jumente Thu 24-Sep-09 17:25:45

LOL at glue grin

I know Tony. I bought a white stuff skirt from an online surf shop, and when it came, it was, well it was kind of yellow and orange.

I don't understand. and it has got a funny belt.

There must be a cultural background to the design of these items.

Jumente Thu 24-Sep-09 17:31:31

for example

Jumente Thu 24-Sep-09 17:32:26


'Distinctive' ha ha ha ha ha

Jumente Thu 24-Sep-09 17:33:04

et ma fois

dogonpoints Thu 24-Sep-09 17:34:07

I don't see white stuff as anything like fat face.

I have a thing against fat stuff. Everything is sludge coloured and shapeless. If you're a wiry, tanned whippet it might look ok.

dogonpoints Thu 24-Sep-09 17:35:33

I did flick through a joe brown catalogue once that came with a mag of some sort. I enjoyed browsing but can't remember if their stuff was wearable by a very white, rather chunky old bird.

Blackduck Thu 24-Sep-09 17:35:50

Look ANYTHING with the word 'funky' in the description is suspect immediately.....god that party skirt (grey one) looks like something put together from the rag bag...

Jumente Thu 24-Sep-09 17:36:11

Well, mmmmm anything (even if it is really nice) that has a surfy label in it, it just does something bad to me.

CaptainNancy Fri 25-Sep-09 19:53:43

None of those links work Jumente... do you think they read this thread and pulled them?

shockers Fri 25-Sep-09 20:01:53

Go to Fat Face in Ambleside... they're not smiley if you go in 5 mins before they're due to close wink

MillyR Fri 25-Sep-09 20:09:36

There is something provoking about a Joe Brown catalogue. I do not know why I am their mailing list, and I never buy anything from them (as I am in my mid thirties), but I have this idea that one day, when my children are slightly older and trying to wear cool clothes for the first time, they may insist on something from Joe Brown's.

Is that the target audience? Secondary school children? It is full of things with Che Guevara on and VW camper van money boxes. It has the kind of things that an old person like me might buy their nephew for Christmas.

I am scared of the Joe Brown catalogue. It even found me in Kenya. shock

Jumente Fri 25-Sep-09 20:21:22

shock Kenya??

No no they are keylogging me now aren't they. That would explain it. Those links were fine yesterday hmm

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